Alleged Sexual Assault Victim Sues Trump for Defamation

Summer Zervos is a former 'The Apprentice' contestant
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2017 6:14 PM CST
Alleged Sexual Assault Victim Sues Trump for Defamation
Summer Zervos, a former "The Apprentice" contestant, has filed a defamation suit against Donald Trump after previously accusing the president-elect of sexual assault.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

During the election, eleven women accused Donald Trump of inappropriate touching or kissing, the Washington Post reports. Now one of them has sued him. According to NBC News, Summer Zervos filed a defamation lawsuit against the president-elect on Tuesday. Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, claims Trump kissed her on the lips, pressed himself against her, and groped her breast without her permission during a 2007 meeting about a job with the Trump Organization. In response to the accusations, Trump called Zervos and the other women liars in search of their "ten minutes of fame." "All of these liars will be sued after the election is over," the Hollywood Reporter quotes Trump as saying during a rally in the fall.

Now Zervos' lawyer, Gloria Allred, says Trump knew his comments would open the women up to "threats of violence, economic harm, and reputational damage." She's seeking to depose Trump under oath and seek recordings made during filming of The Apprentice. However, Allred says Zervos will dismiss her defamation suit if Trump admits her accusations about him are true. "Truth matters," the Post quotes Allred as saying. "Women matter." Allred says Zervos told her family and friends about the alleged assault when it happened and has passed a lie-detector test. Zervos says she decided to come forward after Trump was caught on tape bragging about grabbing women's genitals. Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks calls the allegations "absurd." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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